Thursday, January 16, 2014

Temple tabs Camden native Robinson to coach D-Line

PHILADELPHIA  – The Temple Owls have hired Camden, NJ native Elijah Robinson to coach the team's defensive line.

Robinson replaces Brandon Noble, who resigned following the 2013 season.

“We are pleased to add a coach with Elijah’s experience to our staff,” said Owls head coach Matt Rhule. “He’s learned from great coaches, he’s taught some great players, and he grew up right here. He has demonstrated that he knows how to work with and motivate young men and, I have no doubt he will take our young defensive linemen and mold them into outstanding football players.”

Robinson comes home to the Philadelphia area after spending the past ten seasons at Penn State. The former Nittany Lion defensive tackle transitioned into coaching when his playing career was cut short after suffering a neck injury during spring practice in 2007.

Robinson graduated from Penn State in 2008 and joined the PSU staff as a graduate assistant coach one year later. His primary responsibilities were assisting Larry Johnson in coaching the defensive line and preparing the offensive scout team from 2009.

In 2011 he was promoted to a full time coaching position. Then in 2012 when Bill O’Brien took over as head coach, Robinson became Penn State’s director of player development and NFL liaison. In that role he would organize scouting visits, orchestrate Pro Day, develop community service initiatives and serve as the football team’s liaison with admissions, compliance, housing and academics.

Robinson earned All-State and All-South Jersey honors at Woodrow Wilson High School, leading the team to a 15-0 record and a state championship in 2002.

THE ELIJAH ROBINSON FILE

COACHING EXPERIENCE
Temple University (2014-present)
2014 – Defensive Line

Penn State University (2008-12)
2011-12 Defensive Line
2009-11 – GA – Defensive Line
2007-08 – GA – Offensive Tackles and Tight Ends

ELIJAH ROBINSON’s BOWL HISTORY (5)
Bowl                                       Date                                       Result
Alamo Bowl                          Dec. 29, 2007                       Penn State 24, Texas A&M 17
Rose Bowl                             Jan. 1, 2009                          #8 Penn State 24, #5 USC 38
Capital One Bowl                Jan. 1, 2010                          #13 Penn State 19, #12 LSU 17
Outback Bowl                       Jan. 1, 2011                          Penn State 24, Florida 37
Ticket City Bowl                   Jan. 2, 2012                          #22 Penn State 14, #19 Houston 30


PROMINENT PLAYERS COACHED
PENN STATE:
DE Maurice Evans – First team All-American. First team All-Big Ten. Ted Hendricks Award Finalist.
DT Jordan Hill – First team All-Big Ten. Senior Bowl participant.
DE Aaron Maybin –First team All-American. First team All-Big Ten.
DT Jared Odrick – First team All-American. Big Ten defensive lineman of the year.
DT Devon Still – First team All-American. Big Ten defensive player of the year.

NFL PLAYERS COACHED (Round Drafted)
DE Aaron Maybin (1st) - PSU ’09 – Buffalo Bills (now with Cincinnati)
DT Jared Odrick (1st) - PSU ’10 – Miami Dolphins
DT Devon Still (2nd) - PSU ’12 – Cincinnati Bengals
DT Jordan Hill (3rd) - PSU ’13 – Seattle Seahawks
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